Welcome to my new guest series where I invite fellow bloggers to write about their blog, how they make money from it and share their top tips and success stories. I would like to give a warm welcome to Rachel, who is one half of The Savvy Sisters, to tell me all about her blog.
Please tell me about your blog and why you started to blog about money
Hi, I am Rachel, one half of The Savvy Sisters. We started our blogging journey this year after spending years researching how to make money online. We’ve created this blog to help budding entrepreneurs like ourselves save and make lots of money.
In April 2019 I welcomed my son into the world, Edward. Pregnancy and motherhood have changed my world in ways I couldn’t imagine. During the last year, I have researched, tried and tested many new sites, products and experiences.
This blog documents how we make, save and spend money!
What was your first ever blog post?
Our first ever blog post was – Items to invest in when running an eBay selling business – https://www.thesavvysisters.com/items-to-invest-in-for-running-an-ebay-business. We love reselling items on eBay and thought it was only right that we started the blog documenting this journey.
Interesting blog Rachel. I never thought a clothes steamer would feature in that (as a bloke!). It obviously works well for you, and it’s good that you have shared it so others can follow your advice if they choose to do the same.
What is your favourite / most popular post?
Our most popular post is – 5 ways to make money on your phone while on maternity leave – https://www.thesavvysisters.com/5-ways-to-earn-money-on-your-phone-whilst-on-maternity-leave. Not just for people who are off looking after their little one. All 5 money-making tips can be for anyone who has some spare time on their hands.
That is an interesting read for anyone who has some time to put to good use. I knew about surveys, although I didn’t know about making videos.
Have you ever had a parking ticket? Was it deserved?
Yes – it was well deserved! I used to go to night school to learn French. Every week I parked where I shouldn’t… after 8 weeks I got caught. Safe to say I didn’t park there again!
Fair enough. We can’t park where we want, when we want although speaking from personal experience where I live, it’s an ongoing problem that is difficult to address.
What’s your biggest money failure?
Not getting cash out before going on holiday and having to use my debit card, that charged me for every transaction!
Oops! We live and learn (usually the hard way!). I have actually spoken about dynamic currency conversions on my blog, what to look out for and the best payment methods when you’re abroad.
What’s your biggest money success?
eBay reselling. This is a nice little side earner for us. Our biggest success was a Hermes belt we picked up for £20 which can retail for up to £545 new. We listed the buckle and belt separately for £50 and £220. They both sold within days of being listed (the belt for an offer of £185). So that works out as a profit of £215 before eBay fees/postage. You can read about this success story here – https://www.thesavvysisters.com/ebay-reselling-advise-make-more-money-from-splitting-sets.
Well done! That’s a cracking result. It’s something I haven’t looked at doing, although I ought to as I have various items that I need to get rid of and turn in to cash.
Do you ever complain to get redress and refunds if service or goods don’t come up to scratch?
I am always quick to ask for a refund if it’s a good that is faulty, is it’s a service I am a little shyer.
That seems to be a British trait insofar as being reluctant to make a fuss and to speak out. I’m sure that part of the problem is a lack of awareness of consumer rights and how to complain effectively. This is the inspiration behind what I do.
Potholes and the state of the roads are the bane of our lives. Have you ever won a pothole claim? Do you know how easy it is?
No, I haven’t… and I don’t know how easy it is, can you teach me. I chipped my windscreen this week!
I certainly can Rachel! I spoke about the state of the roads with the Edinburgh Evening News and my tips about successfully lodging pothole claims.
Which Money blogger(s) do you most admire and why?
I am a big fan of Ruth Makes Money https://ruthmakesmoney.com. Her guide to matched betting and reselling encouraged me to start my blog!
It’s interesting where we find out inspiration to do what we do. There is so much to learn and one thing I have learnt this year especially is that you can’t do everything alone. It’s power in numbers and it’s great to see you making so much progress in such a short length of time by doing just that.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
In 5 years’ time, I would like to be making an income from my love of money advice!
I’m sure you will achieve that goal based on what you have shared here. I always say that perseverance is the key to success every time.
Thank you so much Rachel from Savvy Sisters for sharing your story with me. There is always something to learn from other bloggers and I found some of the answers fascinating here.
Have a look on www.thesavvysisters.com and see for yourself.